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, that is not the way to do it. what we should do is what medicare did in 1965. it was a christmas tree in the beginning. that is how they got the legislation passed. after that, then they started putting restrictions. in fact, we must be doing a good job, because now everyone is -- scared that medicare pays so little because it is too stingy in its payment. we did put cost controls and later. medicare does have its financial problems. let me end by saying, i think the public option would have had the potential to control costs, because you could sell insurance, it would garner market share. that could allow for the consolidated purchasing power i talked about to reduce costs which would bring more buyers there. reading the newspapers, it does not look like we will have a public option. that would be the one way in which i could see a health care reform having potential for controlling costs. on a positive note, it is not about costs or dead. if we move towards universal coverage, we are going to be creating a system that will be more malleable to the changes we want to see with regard to cost containme
insurance plans pay under part d of medicare for prescription drugs. they are taking advantage of their purchasing power. and we're relying on private insurers committee are' competition in part d of medicare, it isn't as effective as the v.a. which does take advantage of its market power. let me just talk for a moment on a private insurance. we rely on private insurance here. it's for-profit insurance. i think it leads to much higher health care costs. private insurers, obviously by definition, they have to make a profit. in addition to that they engage in marketing, they also engage in what we call medical understood writing, they have to hire a lot of actuaries to make sure that they're not taking on people who are too expensive. these are all very costly things. so that raises the price of private insurance. in addition, as i said, they don't have as much bargaining power so they also can't keep their prices low by taking advantage of the consolidated power that i'm talking about. so you might ask, why do we allow private insurance to have quasi-monopoly and the answer is t
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and think it's a terrible proposal. it's gonna cut medicare, raise taxes and insurance premiums they want us to stop it. all of a sudden they realize there's an election where we can have an impact on it. quite a phenomenon. >> brit: let's assume the election is held and brown is the apparently winner, republican brown. what does that mean for the term in office of paul kirk the interim senator, the democrat serving out the balance of senator kennedy's -- late senator kennedy's term? does his term end on the day of the election so that whether the new senator's seated or not, do you not? >> interesting academic question. what we have to do is wait until the election is held and focus on that first step is to see what the people of massachusetts say tuesday. then everybody will be looking at the pros says after that >> brit: is there any doubt in your mind that the winner, if it's brown would be sworn in promptly? in time to vote on the next -- in the next round of votes on health care? >> the winner whoever it is, should be sworn in promptly, there are ways democrats could interrupt that pro
in social security and medicare. cuts in social security an medicare. i would simply say to them, look at where we are. look at where we are. social security and medicare are both cash negative today. the trustees of medicare say that medicare will go broke in eight years. social security will take somewhat longer. but both are on a path to insolvency if we fail to act. mr. president, it hasn't just been from the more liberal side of the spectrum that the criticism has come. also on the right. "the wall street journal," ran this editorial calling the debt reduction commission or the deficit commission a trap. they say it is a trap that will lead to higher taxes, to more revenue. so on the left and the right we have those complaining that if you move forward to deal with the debt, you're going to make reductions in programs and you're goi i think that's undeniably the case. if you're going to deal with this debt threat, we are going to have to make changes in the spending prowewewewewe are goine changes in the revenue base of the country. i would suggest for those who are concerned abou
on the report from members of the center of medicare and medicaid services. this is a 55 minute event. >> good morning, i'm the editor in chief of health affairs. having a year. welcome to our briefing on the health spending numbers. this is a ritual at the center for medicare and medicaid services as willis health affairs to bring out the spending numbers every year. we are delighted to be able to do that once more. this year we have a historic set of numbers to help others unveil. you will hear and perhaps you have already read the historic slow down in health-care spending in 2008. the slowest rate of growth in 50 years. on the other side of the story some health-care spending grew faster than the overall economy. we are not out of our long-term trajectory. we continue to outpace the growth in the gdp. with no further ado, i will turn into our fine folks who will explain the data further. this person is very knowledgeable. we will hear from another person who is an economist at the centers for medicare and medicaid services. she was primarily on historical state based spending. she and her
upfront? all the other states lose medicare vantage within five years, but florida is to keep it? why? these have to be dropped. with all respect to senator reid who says he cannot pass health care without these deals, then he is going nowhere. house members are disappointed, like the american people. there are two things to watch. legislation being made and sausage. -- there are two things you do not want to watch. this should stand on its merit. michigan was one of the first it's economically. -- one of worst states economically. let's pass this on policy. i always thought they would do a trigger. no greater than the rate of inflation, if it goes, trigger a public option. that is one when they talk about a compromise. that makes sense. this the one this side of the room. -- let's go to this side of the room. [inaudible] but it could all be for naught. congress starts january 2011 and said they disagree with health care. they could get rid of it. every congress has a right to review it. congress has been talking about this since teddy roosevelt first proposed a 100 years ago. for us
why they would endorse a bill offering huge kits to medicare. these private plans offer seniors an alternative to medicare that often includes extra medical coverage like dental and vision care. >> i recognize the gentleman from georgia. >> reporter: georgia republican phil gingrey thinks he knows why. >> seniors are back into medicare fee for service, the more opportunity aarp has to get royalties from the sale of the medi gap policies. >> reporter: he says those seniors force the out of medicare advantage would have to buy supplemental insurance, like medi gap. for insurers like the aarp and its partner, united health care, that means a much higher profit margin. >> they have to purchase a medi gap policy, and oh, guess what? aarp has 30% of that. >> you should know about this card. >> reporter: it's a fact not lost on its member. >> aarp is about insurance. people need to know that. aarp is not out there to help you, it's to take your money and put it in their pocket. >> reporter: the aarp insists this is not true. so your lobbyists haven't lobbied to leave untouched. edigap?
, it will save us money by making cuts to medicare. yet, at the same time they're expanding medicare and medicaid. medicare is a program with $74 trillion in liability. already, again, the idea, get as many people on government assistance as possible. does that sound like that's what is possibly going on here today in america? this latest class of progressives has taken the c canloward piven to new level. tarp money. people who didn't deserve it. if you are a bank and can't figure out the guy at the car wash can't afford a $2 million house, you don't deserve to be a bank. but, barney frank and his friends threatened the the banks and said if you don't give out the risky loans to people who can't afford them, well, then you have us to deal with. even the guy who signed off on tarp, progressive himself, george bush warned that tighter restrictions and regulations were needed for fannie and freddie. a progressive saying fannie and freddie is in trouble. he didn't warn once or twice, he warned 17 times. the stimulus package, millions of dollars. going to fund non-existent projects in districts that d
to the president's bill, but asked in return for some relief of the reimbursement under medicare to the physicians elimination of this flawed formula that year after year after year forces the doctors to take these deep cuts so that they can't -- literally can't afford to continue to see medicare patients and of course the request, mr. speaker, at that particular meeting back in chicago probably last may or june of 2009 that there be some meaningful medical liability tort reform. the c.b.o., in fact, estimated that that would save $54 billion. just that one issue would save $54 billion. the c.b.o. says over 10 years, mr. speaker, i respectfully suggest that's a most conservative estimate on their part. i think it would be $54 billion each and every year over the next 10 years. but in any regard, i am blessed tonight to be joined by a number of the members of the g.o.p. doctors' caucus, and we're going to talk about the main theme of tonight, and that is the issue of transparency. and i want to get into that in just a second. nothing could be more important, particularly at this point, this 11th ho
in the medicare prescription drug plan. that's the deal. that's not anywhere written. that's not going to get done until after the health care bill plan passes. >>reporter: well thank you senator. >> my pleasure. >>reporter: california governor schwarzenegger just turned into a terminator in a stunning reversal. governor schwarzenegger just came out against the democrat plan for health care reform. our own griff is in california. griff griff, he was for the plan health care reform plan. now the governor is against it. what happened? >> that's right, greta. the governor was president obama's biggest if not only republican national supporter but we are here at the capitol in sacramento where earlier today the governor slammed the health care legislation. take a look at what he said. >> now congress is about to pile billions more on the california with new health care bill. as you know i enthusiastically supported health care reform it is not reform to push more cost on the state that already struggling while other states are getting sweet heart deals. health care reform started as noble
to pay for its medicare expansion and my state didn't? james q. wilson also wrote in his essay that respect for the law of unintended consequences is -- quote -- "not an argument for doing nothing but it is one," mr. wilson said," for doing things experimentally. try your idea out in one place and see what happens before you inflict it on the whole country," he suggests. well, if you'll examine the "congressional record," you'll find that republican senators have been following mr. wilson's advice, proposing a step-by-step approach to confronting our nation's challenging -- challenges 173 different times during 2009. may i say that again. republican senators during 2009 173 different times on the floor of the senate have proposed a step-by-step approach toward health care and other of our nation's challenges. on health care, for example, we first suggested setting a clear goal. that is, reducing costs. then we proposed the first six steps toward achieving that goal. number one, allowing small businesses to pool their resources to purchase health plans. number two, reducing junk
. it will cost us more? >> the center for medicare services says it will cost .6%, almost 1% more. so democrats are saying, hey, this is pretty good. only 1% increase. we're having tremendous increases every year. although this past year we had the lowest increase in a long time. a little over 4% based on the recession. however, that's not the real story. the real story in that report also says that doctors and hospitals will find it unprofitable, perhaps, to take medicare and may, in fact, move away from accepting medicare patients. >> that's the real take away in that report. >> then if -- if the pool of doctors who take medicare patients shrinks, does that lead to what some have referred to as rationing simply because there will be fewer to pick from? >> absolutely. in an alcoholic since, rationing and leads to increased prices for health consumers based on demand, and what it's going to lead to is we have now medicare increases of about 8% a year historically. the government is saying with this plan, we're going to cut medicare a half trillion dollars. can that really be done based upon the
that doctors treating medicare patients knew what they'd be getting years out so that medicare would have a stability that it needs. i yield back. mr. cantor: i thank the gentleman, madam speaker. and i would say again, somehow in the gentleman's memory of these past years there is something that's left out and that is the -- this body and congress. because during the clinton years, the clinton years that saw prosperity, there was a republican control of congress. and they yielded tax policies that we believe could once again get us back on track. in the same way all the job losses that the gentleman continues to recite and point fingers and blame on the prior administration, if we're going to play that game, i would say that since his party has taken control of this body we've lost in this country 6.1 million jobs. as he says, none of the job losses are acceptable. there are many ways to look at these figures and who was responsible for what and could claim credit for such. but at the end of the day what we're facing right now is a situation where the american people and the small busine
% rate increase? senior citizens in my district on average saw a 45% increase in their medicare advantage plans. 45% one year increase. that's simply unsustainable and the government certainly is never going to balance its budget without addressing the cost of health care. the gentleman from ohio. mr. ryan: i'd like to say that this happened. we didn't end up here, you know, a couple of octobers ago and all of a sudden things were just -- happened. our government was controlled by a conservative, neoconservative ideology for most of the first decade in this country. or of this century. from 2000 to 2008 they controlled the white house and from 2000 to 2006 they controlled the congress. implemented their economic philosophy. hook, line and sinker. it got implemented, they controlled all the levers of government, passed their supply side economics, cut taxes for the wealthiest, that will stimulate the economy and, you know, everything will take care of itself, deregulate wall street, everyone will be honest with each other, no one would possibly do anything wrong if we just weren't watching
to resolve their differences between the house and the senate version of the medicare reform legislation that provided prescription drug benefits for medicare recipients. a very important piece of legislation, one that was not without some controversy, the house passed a version, the senate passed a version, and then in the light of day these two versions were negotiated on these days, the american people got to see the discussions that went on and got to see this bill being crafted that eventually became law. if the democrats weren't engaging in these backroom deal making deals, i don't think they'd mind the lights being turned on but the problem is they're cutting deals and the reason they're having to cut deals is because they're trying to pats a -- pass a piece of legislation that the american people don't embrace. many of us agree that health care needs to be reformed. and my colleagues on my side of the aisle, republicans and conservatives, have been offering some commonsense ideas that could reform the current system without turning over the health care to the government, without
around medicare payments in context of the health care vote. maybe they thought there's some graft there, there's some corruption and we'll appoint ourselves to go uncover it. >> allen raymond, the author of "how to rig an election" with unique experience on the manipulation of phone systems for political gain. it's valuable to have your insight. thanks very much for joining us. >> you're welcome. thanks for having me. >>> i should note one political connection here. there is one sort of strange but direct political connection here for these four men arrested in this case. the father of one of them i noted is an acting u.s. attorney in louisiana. and that acting u.s. attorney in louisiana only has that job right now because republican senator david vitter put a hold on the nominee to replace that u.s. attorney. so, again, we don't have any idea if connections like that count as political connections, that count as things that are suspicious in the case of an alleged crime like this. but at this point we know very little about the motivations behind this crime and behind -- i guess we kno
looked at this health care bill and think it's a terrible proposal. it's gonna cut medicare, raise taxes and insurance premiums they want us to stop it. all of a sudden they realize there's an election where we can have an impact on it. quite a phenomenon. >> brit: let's assume the election is held and brown is the apparently winner, republican brown. what does that mean for the term in office of paul kirk the interim senator, the democrat serving out the balance of senator kennedy's -- late senator kennedy's term? does his term end on the day of the election so that whether the new senator's seated or not, do you not? >> interesting academic question. what we have to do is wait until the election is held and focus on that first step is to see what the people of massachusetts say tuesday. then everybody will be looking at the pros says after that >> brit: is there any doubt in your mind that the winner, if it's brown would be sworn in promptly? in time to vote on the next -- in the next round of votes on health care? >> the winner whoever it is, should be sworn in promptly, there are way
. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. >>> check this out. my favorite segment so far today. the stunning rescue in los angeles that proved man can also be dog's best friend. tv viewers across the country glued to their screens as this stranded pooch, who knew, he didn't know he was a big tv star. he was desperately trying to find his way out o
around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. >>> all right, so this week during the state of the union address, president barack obama boasted a bit about his stimulus plan, and he had this to say. take a listen. >> i talked to the window manufacturer in philadelphia, who said he used to be skeptical about the rec
have been superior. just have medicare for all which would be most simple. the bill you could probably write on one page. gn afraid of blowing up the system. so the catch-22 is in order not to blow up the system you create a con structure that - well, 85 percent of them have healthcare now which they're reasonably satisfied with. >> that's the problem. same way if you came to me and said are you happy with the fire insurance on your house? >> i don't have a fire. i don't know. >> right. so your satisfied. >> the elderly are most apposed to this and they're actually the ones that have used it a most. >> but that's - who covers the elderly byron? >> medicare. >> yes! >> they all have supplemental. >> but the reason, what weaver seen with the remarkable dynamic is that the people that have government healthcare, the elderly are most concerned about the reform precise because they're happy. >> because the president proposed to cut 1/2 billion dollars. it was the only way he could pay for example tending the coverage to people that don't want it. >> and individualism and freedom
security. and medicare. people are worried about and no one is talking about. that is what the tea party is all about -- leave social security alone and leave medicare alone and if democrats tried to protect the -- protected, maybe they will keep the seats. but when they keep threatening $500 billion for medicare, 20 million illegal immigrants to get the jobs, they will let a problem. host: are you involved with the tea party or watching from the sidelines? caller: just watching from the sidelines but understand our point. to many people doing our jobs -- nobody wants to talk about illegal immigration. the president is turning his back on it and people are fed up, especially when they talk about social security and medicare. i am a baby boomer. my wife will be caught -- retire pretty soon. we are waiting for this and a lot of people feel the same way. host: doris is watching us from chicago on the democrats' line. caller: he did not mention anything about a 40,000 people who die every year who did not have health insurance. massachusetts told the people of the country, the only state tha
the premiums go up. they didn't want to see taxes go up. they didn't want to see us taking money from medicare to create yet another entitlement program and they were scared about the endless spending and debt they've seen coming out of washington last year. if the white house and the democrats didn't get that message, then i think they really missed the point of what happened in massachusetts. >> chris: on the other hand, you just heard robert gibbs, he cites a poll from the "washington post" that indicates that they want scott brown to come in and work with democrats, that they're not -- they want some healthcare bill, just not the healthcare bill that's being passed. you know, there are some positives there. so what about his argument that in fact there isn't this complete rejection of the obama agenda? >> i think the message that scott brown so effectively gave in massachusetts -- and by the way, he's entitled to the lion's share of the credit. he was a fantastic candidate with exactly the right message at exactly the right time. but the message was not let's tweak this thing around the ed
along the party line on cap and trade and obama care and higher taxes and cutting medicare. they are going to say no to does things. i think when the politicking time comes they are going to say i don't think i want to invite barack obama to come into my district, he does not make things happen. >> sean: amazing turn around one year ago think of where we were in the country. there's been talk about how this impacts health care. nancy pelosi said earlier today that health care will go for. other congressmen says it does not. then there's talk about she nan agains that they won't seat brown right away if he has the victory tonight if they play any shenanigans what does that do to the mood of the electorate, which is clearly pretty angry and pretty anti-the democrats' agenda? >> i would be surprised, the democrats have been talking what they would do if scott brown became elected how they would get their health care through despite the will of the people. if they play the kind of she nan -- shenanigans you described it will show the arrogance which has lead to brown's victory
've dealt with medicare patients for my entire practice, when you take $500 billion out of a plan that's already underfunded and goes upside down in premiums in about 2017 and beginning next year, the baby boomers hit, three million to three and a half million every year, you take half a trillion dollars out and add 30 million to 35 million people, three things happen. you have decreased access, two, you're not going to be able to get in to see the doctor, two, you have decreased quality and three, seniors get this their costs are going to get up to get the needed care they need. mr. akin: doctor, you are so eloquent and said it so smoothly, i think you we need to underline what you said. what you're saying is we're going to take $500 billion out of medicare. is this a republican that's going to raid medicare? mr. roe: no, sir. mr. akin: we've been accused of raiding medicare. but it's not us. mr. roe: no, sir, unless you're in florida, of course. mr. akin: if you take $500 billion out of medicare, it's going to be harder to provide services for people. you're not doing just that, you'
medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. let me know. let me know. i'm eager to see it. here's what i ask congress, though. don't walk away from reform. not now. not when we are so close. let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the american people. let's get it done. let's get it done. now even as health care reform would reduce our deficit, it's not enough to dig us out of a massive fiscal hole in which we find ourselves. it's a challenge that makes all others that much harder to solve. and one that's been subject to a lot of political posturing. so let me start the discussion of government spending by setting the record straight. at the beginning of the last decade, the year 2000, america had a budget surplus of over $200 billion. by the time i took office, we had had a one-year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts and an expensive prescription drug program. on top of that, the effects of the recess
from, you know, the senate version where ben nelson took $100 million medicare and medicaid payoff and decided to sign on the dotted line. how does it get there the house now? >> well, i hope that bart stupak remains stalworth. the problem with so many moderate democrats we have seen them fold every time. ben nelson did. now he has a huge backlash from his constituents. not just on the bribery part, but also on the abortion funding part of it as well. he's retreating. he's saying now he's saying oh, i think everybody should get the same deal i did. how are they going to pay for that on top of that? how is it going to get through? well, of course, the democrats who are in full freak-out mode are gaming this all out. it's possible that the senate might try to force the house to swallow what they put through. so they could expedite it on the timeline. but i think another thing that people have to worry about here is what is going on, on the ground, in massachusetts over this weekend? we talked about the unions, the service employees international union. they will be putting at least 3
don't put a mandate on businesses not going to create jobs. you don't cut medicare put the cost on the backs of seniors. everything about this bill is wrong-headed that's why i think the american people are going to reject those that are sponsors of it. >> greta: we've had the discussion many times here on the record i said people think this bill is lousy, say next november in the midterm elections, i suppose two years later the voters will take it out on those who voted for. here's the problem, he will have the bill at that point unless we try to make it better now. do you have any recommendation to try to fix it, pervade -- persuade some of your ideas into this new bill or are we stuck with what is handed us? >> as we are invited to sit at the table with democrats and do it properly. there's been a lot learned, problems to avoid, tunes that exist. there's a real need for health care reform in this country that isn't what is going on now this is about politics not about helping the american people with a better health care bill many if people are serious about focusing on healt
a deal that i think is unworkable for a medicare advantage in florida didn't apply anywhere else in the country or any new floridians after this year. if you go through the senate bill with a fine tooth comb it is staggering how many special deals there were. part of way the secret negotiation is wrong. we have no idea what is in, what is out, what has been added to this bill in these secret negotiations in the white house. >> greta: that statement didn't help. i'm going to post it on greta wire. any way, mr. speaker, thank you. next senator mccain accuses democrats of unsavory chicago-style backroom politics, ouch! that's just the beginning. senator mccain on health care, next. . get senator mccain right here and right now. on the table health care. senator nice to see you, sir! >> thank you greta, nice to be with you. >> greta: before we get into the discussion about health care which is dominating much of the national buzz and talk. i want to talk to you about haiti. what do you recommend? what can we do to help the people of haiti? it is absolutely catastrophic what has happe
spending. that means medicare, medicaid, social security, especially as the baby boom population retires. those numbers are will go right on you. this commission idea was intended to get at those entitlements and to get at the tax revenue to help close that gap of one third. and in order to be effective, it needed teeth. what the congress did today was to take the teeth out of it. that is not only a setback here, but will cause a lot of our foreign creditors to question are we going to pay our bills, or will we be forced to start raising interest rates? that would be very dangerous indeed. >> yeah, because the only other option is to raise taxes. there's not a great appetite to do that. if you're not going after the social security, medicare, medicaid or defense spending, which is sort of eliminated, that's where most of the money is. >> that's what willie sutton would say. he would have to go after entitlements, because that's where the money is, and that's why you rob banks, as he said, that's where the money was. i must tell you, on the eve of the president's state of the union addres
companies, insurance companies in this country, why can we not lower the medicare age. the president and nancy pelosi, harry reid, wire they doing backroom deals? i am not saying that all of the ideas on one side or the other are correct, they are not. but there are incremental things that to be done. if the democrats continue to do backroom deals, how will we ever get anything done? i am optimistic that the president finally got out there on friday. if he can do that, nancy pelosi -- whose family is from maryland -- host: father was the mayor of baltimore. caller: there is no working together. there's a lack of bipartisanship. host: "i am positive that wall street will steal more money from the workers and that obama will do nothing about it. our next caller is calling on the pessimistic line. caller: he sounded very pessimistic recently. there are many, as it was told in massachusetts. 150,000 people were on the rolls. my mother lived in tucson, ariz., and moved to california, now working in nevada. i received an early ballot like my niece, and she voted in nevada. everyone that sa
countries to provide necessary funding to avoid shortfalls in the medicare cost sharing program for low-income, qualifying individuals and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2009, the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, is recognized for 60 minutes as a designee of the minority leader. mr. goodlatte: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, thomas jefferson once wrote, to preserve the independence of the people, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. we must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. unfortunately, it increasingly appears congress has chosen the latter path of profusive spending and the servitude to big government that results therefrom. for the next 60 minutes, i and my colleagues are going to talk about the problems our country faces from a very different perspective than you have heard during the last 60 minutes. i want to start by pointing out the nature of this problem in terms of government spending. this chart shows the deficit each year starting in 2000 a
the paperwork, and medicare and my insurance covered the cost. we can work directly with medicare or with your insurance company. we can even help with financing. if there's a way, we'll find it! so don't wait any longer, call the scooter store today. creation coming out of capitol hill, already there are reports of two different camps forming, those who want to use wall street bailout cash to boost main street and those who want to leave that wall street money alone. steve forbes is the editor in chief of forbes magazine and author of "how capitalism will save us", hi steve. >> good to you with -- good to be with you, thank you. alisyn: what do you want the president to say about job creation? >> he won't say it but i'd love to have him say we're going to have a strong and stable dollar, put in the flat tax rate but in terms of if he wants to have government programs, how about removing barriers to building nuclear power plants, removing barriers to offshore drilling, and doing more on shore drilling with natural gas, those create high paying jobs and will also help our energy situation. alis
, is the only way to reduce the deficit, medicare and medicaid. but more importantly, health care is the right thing to do for america and for all families. i think he has to put them all together. >> it is. all right, it is an important thing. today you were speaking at the center for american progress and you made the statement that the country's labor activists will not be eager to help the democratic party in 2010 in the elections if things don't happen whether it comes to health care. are you willing to say tonight that it won't be the same support from unions in this country if the democrats don't get this done? >> well, what i can say with absolute assurety is that our members are not democrats or republicans, they're not left or right. they do what's right or wrong for their families. they have told us over and over again, they need some peace of mind, some security, some guarantees about health care. and i don't care what any union leader says or any candidate says, unless the democratic party takes advantage of the majorities they have, and do something about health care, i couldn't
health care without shifting medicaid costs to the states and without cutting medicare, and without raising your taxes. we will do that by implementing common sense reforms like letting families and businesses buy health care insurance policies across state lines and ending frivolous lawsuits against doctors and hospitals that drive up the cost of your health care. and our solutions aren't thousand page bills that no one has fully read after being crafted behind closed doors and special interests. in fact, many of our proposals are available online. solutions.gop.gov. we welcome your ideas on facebook and twitter. all americans agree that this nation must become more energy independent and secure. we are blessed here in america with vast natural resources and weigh must use them all. advances in technology can unleash more natural gas, nuclear, wind, coal, alternative energy that will lower your utility bills. here in virginia, we have the opportunity to become the first state on the east coast to explore for and produce oil and natural gas offshore. but this administration's polici
this could force tax hikes or cuts in social security and medicare. the white house is going to do something. president obama is expected to set up a deficit panel. it's going to be more advisory. the deficit is slightly down from last year's record, 1 hadn't $4 trillion, according to congressional numbers. americans took their newfound free time and used it to help the people around them. that's good news in a bad economy. more than 63 million of you volunteered vazing money, building homes, collecting food, tutoring kids. the labor department says it's more than 1.5 people than the year before. people can't give cash, but they are giving their time. >> more volunteers. thank you. >>> police believe they found the remains of a college student who disappeared at a metallica keown sert. she was last seen at the arena in charlottesville. a farmer found the body on his property. her mother is speaking out about the likelihood her daughter may not come home alive. >>> so, back to our story, we told you police are sure they found the body of a missing virginia tech student. here is what morgan's
the legislation may cut medicare reimbursement rates, as well as cut the additional government -- for treating so many uninsured patients. >> we're going to go over our game plan again. >>reporter: still if more people have health insurance and are able to build a relationship with a primary care physician, doctors hope this will mean fewer expensive late-stage treatments. >> the idea of having insurance would at least insure those patients or those people would have at least access to more preventative care. >> if they are entering the health care arena earlier and seeing their primary care physician and not utilizing the high resources of an emergency room, that's better for captions provided by: real-time closed captioning provided by u.s. captioning. red there are enough currently there's a shortage. more medical students are going into lucrative specialties. med schools are trying to change that. >> here at howard and other medical schools across the country, we are trying to increase enrollment, as well as increase the number of students going into primary-care careers. >>reporter: doctors
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is the good news -- compared to medicare, social security is in reasonably good shape, with a relatively small adjustments, you can have a solvent for a long time to the social security is going to be there. i know people are concerned about it. social security we can fix. in terms of the cola, which stands for cost-of-living allowance -- it is put in place to make sure that social security is keeping up with inflation. here is the problem -- this past year, because of the severity of the recession, we did on that inflation, we had deflation. -- we did not have inflation, we had deflationary prices actually fell last year. as a consequence, seniors were not eligible for a cost-of- living adjustment because prices did not go up in the aggregate. that does not mean that individual folks were not being pinched by higher heating prices or what have you, but on average, prices went down. here is what we did -- working with these key members of congress here, we did vote to provide aid to order to the dollar -- provide the $250 one- time payment to seniors, which when he factored in, amounted to 1.8
you get is an augmented reimbursement from medicaid and medicare. most federally qualified health centers have about 45, 50% of their patient population, medicaid. thus, they benefit from the augmented reimbursement. our patient population, 75% uninsured only 14% medicaid, it is very hard for us to see that we could be financially sustainable unless we are able to enhance a percentage of medicaid patients that we have. with the new health care bill, many of our patients would then be eligible for medicaid and for health insurance. >> reporter: so if this legislation becomes law you can sleep easier knowing you have a better shot at keeping your doors open? >> that, plus we know our patients will have choice. >> reporter: dr. irwin told me something fascinating. he said the threshold for a family of four to qualify for medicaid is $2400 a year. $2400 a year salary, unbelievable. he would like to see that changed. of course, we bring you the growing in popularity, our absolutely unaltered sampling of taking the temperature of americans. this is our louisiana first five. we are here
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